4 Surprisingly Unknown Changes Caused by Menopause
Are you experiencing some changes to your body? It could be caused by menopause.
Changes to Your Body That Might be Caused by Menopause
Everybody knows that your body changes during menopause, but no one really knows what to expect.
There are hundreds of misconceptions about menopause, which makes it difficult to know what's real. Furthermore, everyone's body will react differently during menopause, so there's not exactly a scientific way to say that you will experience these symptoms or you won't. The truth is you could experience all of these changes during menopause or you could experience none of them.
So today, we're opening up a dialogue on some uncommonly known changes that could potentially happen during menopause, in case you were wondering what's going on in there.
But again, every case and body is different. So if you have further questions or even concerns about changes happening, then please reach out to a trusted medical professional.
What You Do Need to Know About Menopause
Menopause occurs when your period has stopped for 12 consecutive months. It's completely normal and natural for your body to go through menopause as you age and often occurs in your mid-to-late 40s and early 50s.
During menopause, your body will begin to produce lower levels of hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH), which are typically used to regulate your menstrual cycle. And it's likely that your body will react to these changes.
According to the North American Menopause Society, about 23% of women have mood swings before, during, or after menopause. Because your hormones are fluctuating, particularly during perimenopause, you can have mood swings more frequently. Some mood swings may include, but are not limited to, irritability, depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
As estrogen declines, your body cannot regulate body temperature as easily. According to Harvard, up to 80% of women going through menopause also experience hot flashes, which can lead to discomfort and difficulty sleeping if they experience night sweats.
According to a study done in 2007, bone loss accelerates throughout late menopause and the first postmenopausal years. This could potentially lead to osteoporosis. While you can't halt the bone loss, you can always do your best to maintain and build your bone strength as you get older.
About one in three women have vaginal dryness during menopause due to the loss of estrogen levels. You may also experience changes in the smell, color, and texture of your vaginal discharge. And while this may not mean a lower sexual drive, vaginal dryness cause make it uncomfortable during sex. So be sure to use lubricant if you want to partake in any sexual activity.